Sports Report for Wednesday, 6-17-2020

Local Notes: 

LDHS:

  • Mackenzie Ward Wins Duane Dennie Scholarship… Recently it was announced that Mary- Frances Mackenzie Ward was the winner of this year’s Duane Dennie Scholarship… Of course this scholarship is given in honor of former Raider Head Football Coach Duane Dennie who passed away in 2017… After he stepped down as football coach Dennie continued to serve in the district in various capacities and developed a passion for behavior intervention and became a positive influence in shaping the lives of the young people he served… Ward is a four-year letter recipient in volleyball and also played basketball and participated in track and field for one year… She is president of the National Honor Society at LDHS, Ward has participated in community cleanup efforts, a soup kitchen for Christmas, and Raider Family Fun Nights, and she has donated her time to instructing youth players in association with the local grade school volleyball programs. She has also served as the 12th grade Student Council representative and was a member of the Beta Club, Ladies Club, and the Executive Advisory Council… For more on her, the award and comments from Volleyball Coach Erin Lake click here… There you will also find how you can help make sure this scholarship is available to student-athletes in the future… Congratulations to Mackenzie!

 


 

Laurens County Speedway… Taking a quick look at the results from the Laurens County Speedway main events last Saturday night

  • Thunder Bombers… The Crate Racin’ USA Thunder Bomber Shootout was in town last Saturday night and Shane McDaniel led the race from start to finish after qualifying with the fastest time… There was a battle for second place and Dylan Chappell looked like he was going to win it but a slight mistake in turn one of the final lap allowed Benji Knight and Casey Lawson to slip past him to finish second and third respectively while Chappell had to settle for fourth.
  • 602 Crates… Rod Tucker raced his way into victory lane in the 602 Crates main event and thus recorded his first win of the season… The race had a few cautions but through it all he was able to hold off Michael Smith who finished second and Brad Rachels who took third.
  • Monster Mini 4-Cylinders… In the Monster Mini 4-Cylinder main event, Rod Tucker took his second win of the night… He had a tough time in the race as he swapped some paint with Wayne Summers causing him to spin around and turning the track into a parking lot… On the restart, Summers had the lead but Tucker caught up with him quickly and got past him to take the win… Phillip Wilson actually wound up finishing second and Larry Teal third.
  • Front Wheel Drive… In the Front Wheel Drive main event Cody Paige and Robert Spencer battled for the lead most of the night but after a late caution on the restart Paige clipped the rear bumper of Spencer’s car causing him to get loose and Paige slipped by to take the lead and go on to the win… Blaise Strickland wound up finishing second and Spencer third.
  • Limited Late Model… Frank Coates finally got his first win of the 2020 season in the main event of the Limited Late Model division… A big pile up in lap one caused the race to be restarted and it didn’t take long for Coates to get by Jimmy Taylor who had the lead on the restart and go on to take the win… Deano Long also got past Taylor to finish second not quite being able to catch up with Coates.
  • More Information… If you click here you will find a little more information on each of these races as provided by Will Richards.

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Sports Report for Friday, 6-12-2020

Local Notes:

LDHS:

  • Raiders Start Workouts Monday… Well the date has now been set for the return of workouts and conditioning for the Raiders at LDHS… In a press release yesterday it was announced that Coach Daryl Smith and the Raider Football team will get back together this coming Monday as will the cross country team also… Other teams will be getting back together in the not too distant future… He like most all coaches in any sport I am sure is just happy to be getting things going once again… Most coaches are planning on doing as much as they can outdoors to allow social distancing and that includes activities like weight training and classroom work… In the press release it points out that the trainers and coaches will be working hard to insure that all the guidelines for the Phase I reopening as set forth by the SCHSL will be adhered to… To see the complete text of this press release click here.

MLB 2020 Draft… The COVID-19 shortened (from 40 rounds to 5) MLB 2020 Draft ended yesterday and three more players (who are all pitchers) with college ties to the State of South Carolina were chosen… Yesterday I told you that the Gamecocks Carmen Mlodzinski was chosen 31st by the Pirates on Wednesday… The other three players who heard their name called:

  • Zack McCambley of Coastal Carolina was chosen 75th by the Miami Marlins… He is a righty listed as 6’1” and 215lbs.
  • Sam Weatherly of Clemson 81st by the Colorado Rockies… He is a lefty listed as 6’4” 205 lbs.
  • Spencer Strider of Clemson 126th by the Atlanta Braves… He is a righty listed as 6’0” and 195lbs.
  • More Info… To read the Clemson posting about Weatherly and Strider being chosen which gives some stats on them click here… To read more about McCambley being chosen on the Coastal Carolina website click here… To go to the MLB Draft Tracker website so you can see everyone selected and filter by different criteria click here.

 


NASCAR

 

  • NASCAR Schedule for This Weekend… Well NASCAR moves its action this weekend down to the Miami-Homestead Speedway for four races in two days… Tomorrow the Xfinity Series will take to the track first at 3:30 pm for the Hooters 250… After they finish, the Gander Truck Series will take over the track for the Baptist Health 200 starting soon after 7:30… The schedule on Sunday will start at noon with the Xfinity Series back on the track for the second day in a row running the Contender Boats 250… The Cup Series will finally get to take to the track about 3:30 pm as they run the Dixie Vodka 400.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Race Tomorrow…. Since his retirement from full-time driving after the 2017 season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has gotten back behind the wheel at least once in each season… That will happen again tomorrow as he drives the #8 car in the Xfinity Series race the Hooters 250… Now to read more about this click here.
  • A Few Guest will be in the Stands… A quick reminder of something I told you earlier this week and that is that there will be a few “guest” in the stands for the Cup Series race on Sunday… To read more about how NASCAR plans on doing this click here One thing not mentioned in the article that I am curious about is how these lucky “guest” will be chosen.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here. 

 


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Sports Report for Thursday, 6-11-2020

Major League Baseball

  • 2020 Draft Started Yesterday… As I mentioned to you yesterday the MLB Draft started with Round 1 and the CBA portion of Round I… The Detroit Tigers had the first overall pick and they chose Spencer Torkelson a third baseman out of Arizona State as expected… The young man woke up this morning with the knowledge that according to the MLB website the #1 overall pick could be worth a cool $8.4 million dollars to him… The Atlanta Braves had the 25th pick and choose Jared Shuster a left-hand pitcher out of Wake Forest… The only player that I could find who has ties chosen in the first round is Carmen Mlodzinski a right-handed pitcher for the Gamecocks who also happens to be from Hilton Head, SC… For more on him click here… Now as a reminder, the draft will be only 5 rounds this year (instead of 40) and it will conclude today… Now if you would like to keep up with the draft using the MLB Draft Tracker click here… When you get there you can filter by round, MLB team and other criteria to keep up with what is going on.

NASCAR

  • Truex Takes Win at Martinsville… Last night up at Martinsville, Martin Truex Jr. picked up his first win of the season in a 250 mile Cup Series race… He finished a little over 4 seconds ahead of second place finisher Ryan Blaney… He led 132 of the 500 laps and this was his second consecutive win at Martinsville going back to last fall… Now to read more about the race click here to go to the NASCAR website and there you will also find a link to the entire order of finish.
  • TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

 

PGA:

  • PGA Tour Restarts Today… Well for those of you who love golf a reminder that the PGA Tour cranks back up today as the pros head out to Fort Worth, Texas to take part in the Charles Schwab Challenge which runs through Sunday… Of course Greenville’s Bill Hass is among the players teeing off early this morning but don’t tune in if you are hoping to see Tiger Woods because he will not be there… Now there will be no fans allowed on the course and if want to see it I hope you get either the Golf Channel or have access to PGA Tour Live because that is the only place I believe you can catch the action in the first three rounds… CBS is scheduled to broadcast the final round from 3:00 to 6:00 pm on Sunday…Now if you have any questions at all click here and it will carry you to the PGA site for this tournament.

Panthers:

  • Jerry Richardson Statue Taken Down… In case you missed it ion the news yesterday, the Carolina Panthers have taken down the large statue of Carolina Panther founder and Wofford alum Jerry Richardson located outside Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium… The reason they gave is that they became aware of conversations regarding the statue and did so to prevent injury in case protest groups tried to do so themselves… As you may recall back in 2018 Richardson sold the team after accusations of workplace sexually suggestive comments to women and at least one racial slur toward and African-American employee… The team did not disclose where the statue was being moved to or whether it would be replaced at a later time… The Grenville News has more on this at their website and to view the information click here.

This & That:

Rhythm on the Rails… The City of Clinton’s first Rhythm on the Rails event of this season originally scheduled for May 15-16 has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been rescheduled for June 19-20… In addition to the usual entertainment, vendors and rides it will also include Smokein’ on the Rails a BBQ cooking contest…. For more on this event including links to vendor applications, click here.

 

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Sports Report for wednesday, 6-10-2020

Laurens County Speedway Results From Last Saturday Night… For a more complete account of each of the divisions’ main events than what I have below, click here.

  • Thunder Bomber… In the Thunder Bomber main event, Tinker Roberts started on the pole and then rolled to his third win of the season… Dylan Chappell and Michael Owensby finished first and second.
  • 602 Crate… The 602 Crate main event saw Colt Smith start on the pole but have to fight off Colby Cannon who finished a little over a tenth of a second behind him… Rod Tucker finished third hot on their heels.
  • 4-Cylinder… The 4-Cylinder main event saw Larry Teal pick up his first win of the season… He took the lead after a restart of the race and then held of Wayne Summers who came charging hard near the end of the race to take second with Phillip Wilson taking third.
  • Front Wheel Drive… In the Front Wheel Drive main event, Travis Jamieson took his fourth win of the season picking up a $1000 pay check… Justin Harris had to settle for second and Jake Barnett third.
  • Limited late Model… Larry Timms had the pole in the Limited late Model main event and translated that into an easy victory… The main battle was for second place and Frank Coates won that battle with Tony Quarles finishing third.

Major League Baseball:

  • Modified MLB Draft Starts Today… Well finally a little bit of positive news for the major League baseball (MLB) fans out there, the MLB draft starts today… The draft did not escape the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in that instead of the normal 40 rounds in the draft it has been cut to only 5 rounds and the draft will be finished on Thursday… That means fewer young men will have the chance to become “rich” this year due to the reduced number of overall picks… One thing MLB has done is take off the restrictions on the number of undrafted players a team can sign once the draft is over but it did cap the signing bonus for the undrafted signees at $25,000… The Detroit Tigers will get the first pick when the draft begins about 7:00 pm on Wednesday and I believe you can watch it on ESPN and the MLB Network…. The MLB website is loaded with a lot more information about this and to go there click here.

NASCAR

  • Cup Series Races Tonight… A quick reminder that the Cup Series will be back in action tonight as they travel to Martinsville. Virginia for a 500 mile race… The rave can be seen on FSI and the start is scheduled for a few minutes after 7:00 pm.
  • NASCAR Plans for a Few Fans in the Stands… Yesterday NASCAR announced that at a few select upcoming races they will be allowing a few “guest” in the stands… The first race where that will happen will be this coming Sunday (June14) down at the Homestead-Miami Speedway and then again the following Sunday (June 21) at the Talladega Speedway… NASCAR has reached agreements with the local and state government officials there as well as local health departments on criteria and procedures to be used… Now to read more about this click here to go to the NASACR website where the information is posted.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

 

 


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Sports Report for Tuesday, 6-9-2020

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Red Devils Start Phase I Conditioning… According to a Tweet yesterday, the Clinton Red Devil football team started conditioning workouts as per Phase I Guidelines as set forth by the SCHSL … Now for a quick reminder of what is and is not allowed during Phase I, click here to go to the Greenville News website where there is a recent article about this… There are also comments in the article from SCHSL Commissioner Jerome Singleton about how the Guidelines for Phase I were developed… He also stressed that it is important for the schools to follow the guidelines to keep the spread of COVID-19 in check and to get ready to move into Phase II and III… While he does not come right out and say it, failure to follow the guidelines and a noticeable increase in COVID-19 cases associated with these practices could put the football season in jeopardy and I am sure NO ONE wants to see that happen!

 LDHS:

  • Raiders Starting Soon… A note here, when I reached out to Tommy Spires the LDHS Athletic Director about when the Raiders would be getting started he replied that some sports would start next and that more information is to come when the coaches finalize their plans.

College Sports:

  • Bethel and Cook Named To All-Decade Team… Yesterday the Big South Conference announced its 2010-2019 All-Decade Football Team… A 15-person committee of Big South Conference administrators served as the official voting panel to determine the All-Decade Team, with fan voting comprising 20 percent of the overall total… Two players with local ties were named to that team… First former PC defensive back and current member of the New England Patriots Justin Bethel was named to the team… Bethel picked up numerous honors in his time at PC before being taken in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals… He still holds several defensive records at PC… The other player with local ties name to the team is former Clinton HS standout Kenny Cook… Cook was a three-time All-Conference wide receiver for Gardner-Webb… Now for more on this story click here which will take you to the PC website where you can see not only more about Justin Bethel but also list of those who made the team by position.

NASCAR

  • NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings… Looking at the NASCAR Cup Series driver standings after this past weekend’s racing in Atlanta, we find that Sunday’s winner Kevin Harvick leads the pack checking in at #1 with 421 points… Joey Logano checks in at #2 just 48 points behind Harvick, #3 is Chase Elliott (-56), #4 is Brad Keselowski (-75), and #5 is Martin Truex, Jr (-87)… Spots 6 -10 are held down by Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch in that order. To see the entire driver standings click here.
  • Cup series Races WednesdayAlso a quick reminder for the casual NASCAR fans out there (the true fans already know this) the Cup Series will be back in action tomorrow night (Wednesday) as they travel to Martinsville, Virginia for a 500 mile race… That race can be seen on Fox Sports 1 and expect the green flag to drop soon after 7:00 pm.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here. 

 

 


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Sports Report for Monday, 6-8-2020

Local Notes:

Final Tribute for Radio… As you most likely remember, James “Radio” Kennedy passed away last December after a period of declining health… If you remember that then you also know that he was a fixture around TL Hanna HS for for about 50 years after developing a relationship with former coach Harold Jones… Radio developed a love for the TL Hanna community and they returned that love to a man with intellectual disabilities but a big smile and even bigger heart… Radio was of course the inspiration for the move by the same name… Radio loved TL Hanna so much that he never wanted to leave and long ago became an unofficial 11th-grader at the school… Well at graduation last Thursday TL Hanna they had an empty chair for him among the graduates with a diploma and a rose on it… During the ceremony the TL Hanna principal Walter Mayfield presented his niece and caregiver Jackie Kennedy with that honorary diploma for a man who is now arguably TL Hanna’s best known graduate.


 

NASCAR Results From This Weekend… All 3 Series of the NASCAR were racing down at the Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend and in case you missed it what follows is a brief summary of the races in the order they occurred.

 

  • Enfinger Rallies to Take Gander Truck Win… The Gander Truck Series ran first early Saturday afternoon and Grant Enfinger took the lead away from Austin Hill in a two-lap overtime restart to get the win… If you would like to read a little more about this race and see the entire order of finish for this race click here.
  • Allmendinger Takes Xfinity Win… later on Saturday after the truck series had cleared out the Xfinity Series drivers took to the track to race for 250 miles… AJ Allmendinger took the win leading the race for the last 37 laps… He started way back in 30th-palce and steadily worked way up to the lead… Last week’s winner at Bristol Noah Gragson finished second almost 2 seconds behind him… Now to read more about this race and to see the entire order of finish click here.
  • Harvick Gets 51st Career Win Yesterday… The Cup Series Drivers took over the track yesterday and Kevin Harvick picked up his 51st career win leading a race-high 151 of the 325 laps… He did not win either of the first two stages of the race as that honor went to Martin Truex Jr… It was a good afternoon for the Joe Gibbs Racing Team as his teammates Kyle Busch and Truex finished second and third respectively with Allmendinger finishing a little over 3.5 seconds ahead of Busch…. To read more about the race on the NASCAR website click here and when you get there you will also find a link to the entire order of finish of the race.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

 


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Sports Report for Friaday, 6-5-2020

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Quiana Suber Video Interview… Yesterday I mentioned that I had done a short video interview with Quiana Suber after she signed her letter of intent to continue her education and track career at Converse College on Wednesday… I had some trouble with the editing of the interview and did not have it ready to insert the link into yesterday’s sports report but I did get it straightened out and it is now ready for you to view… Click here if you would like to see it… Again congratulations to Quiana!

 

Laurens Academy:

  • Crusaders have Three Days of Conditioning in the Book… Yesterday I was able to stop by Laurens Academy where the Crusader varsity football team wrapped up its third day of conditioning getting ready for the upcoming season… Coach Kirk told me they had as many as 16 out this week which is a slight increase form past numbers… They were definitely working up a sweating and practicing social distancing the whole time they were there… I did a short interview with Coach Kirk as they wrapped up practice and if you would like to hear it click hereNow I also took a few photos while I was there and if you would like to see them click here.

 


College Sports:

  • Furman Baseball Still Out… As you may recall I told you earlier that on May 18 Furman University announced it had decided to do away with baseball and men’s lacrosse in part because of the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic… Last month a group of Furman alumni formed the FU baseball Alumni Association with the goal of raising enough money to allow Furman to keep baseball… Bowling Green University was another school that was dropping baseball for the same reason and an alumni group there was able to raise enough money to get the university to change its mind… The Furman group met with President Elizabeth Davis hoping to get the same results… Well the Greenville News is now reporting on their website that the group has gotten a reply from President Davis and the answer is still the same, it’s still out no matter what they do… Sad when a group of offers to help and the university turns them down. If it was a Title IX issue they were even to look at ways to support the female athletes… Oh well… For more on this click here.

NASCAR

  • NASCAR Race Schedule for This Weekend… Now the NASCAR gang travels down I-85 this weekend as they head to the Atlanta Motor Speedway which is on this side of Atlanta in Hampton, Georgia… The Gander Truck Series is supposed to hit the track tomorrow just about 1:00 pm for a 200 mile race and then the Xfinity Series will race very soon after 4:30 tomorrow also…The Cup Series will do a 500 mile race on Sunday starting just after 3:00 pm… I do believe the truck race can be seen on FX1 both of the other races can be seen on Fox.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

 


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Sports Report for Thursday, 6-4-2020

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Suber Signs with Converse… Yesterday at CHS senior track standout Quiana Suber signed her letter of intent to continue her education and track career at Converse College running for the Knights… Suber is a 6 year member of the CHS track team and has been a member of the cross country team while previously playing basketball prior to this year… When asked about her fondest memories at CHS she stated there were a lot of great memories but that being a part of the 4X100 meter relay team in 2018 that won the state championship was the best… She chose Convers over other schools like USC Upstate because of the personal attention given by the coaching staff… At converse she will continue in the sprint and middle distance events… She is looking to major in journalism with the hope of getting into sports related work… Now I did a short video interview with her and I hope to have it available a little later today… When it is ready I will put a link to it here… Congratulations to Quiana!
  • Two Sign to Cheer at Newberry… Also yesterday at CHS two senior cheerleaders also signed to continue their education and cheerleading for the Newberry Wolves… They are Hailey Brannon and Madison Hoke… Brannon is planning on majoring in nursing while at Newberry with the goal of eventually becoming a nurse anesthetist… Hoke is planning on majoring in pre-engineering while at Newberry and then continuing her education at Clemson in automotive engineering with the goal of one day designing car interiors… Congratulations and good luck to both these young ladies!
  • More Photos… To see a few more photos taken at the signings yesterday click here.

Sport Obituaries:

  • Johnny Majors Dies at Age 85… It seems like we have had a string of notable sports deaths in the last week with the latest one being Coach Johnny Majors at the age of 85 at his home in Knoxville… Fir the younger generation out there, Majors was head football coach at Iowa State (1968-72, Pitt (1973-76, 1993-96) and at Tennessee (1977-92)… In his 29 years as a head coach his teams went 185-137-10 and he won the national championship while at Pitt 1976 while at Pittsburg… What a lot of people don’t remember that he played running back at Tennessee and was runner-up to Paul Horning for the Heisman Trophy in 1956… He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987 and Tennessee retired his #45 jersey in 2012… For more on Johnny Majors and his death click here.

Congratulations to Seniors Graduating Today… I want to take a moment to all the seniors at CHS and LDHS who are graduating today and to those that graduated at Laurens Academy last week… To say the least yours has been a very unique senior year but you made it through it… take a moment to look around and soak it all in so that you will remember it 50 years from now like I do mine 50 years ago… Good luck to you all and now go out and make this county, state, country and world a better place!


NASCAR

  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

 


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Sports Report for Wednesday, 6-3-2020

Local Notes:

Laurens County SpeedwayBelow is a quick summary of the main events in each of the divisions from the Laurens County Speedway last Saturday night… If you want a more details on each race click here.

  • Thunder Bombers… Dylan Chappell picked up his first win of the season in the Thunder Bombers… His engine was putting oust smoke the entire night but he never slowed down in the caution filled race… He held off Reid Neaderhiser and Casey Lawson who finished second and third respectively taking the win.
  • 602 Crate… In the 602 Crate Austin Mintz had the dominant car as he led from start to finish… Brad Rachels won the fight for second place and Michael Smith took their.
  • Stock-4… The Stock-4 main event was a race that also had a lot of cautions but when the checkered flag dropped it dropped first for Aaron Summitt who led start to finish… The next two drivers to take the checkered flag were Ray Storay and Phillip Wilson in that order.
  • Front Wheel Drive… In the main event, Travis Jamieson raced his way back to victory lane as he dominated the completion… Robert Spencer had to settle for second and Justin Harris won the battle for third.
  • Limited Late Model… Nick Deitz passed Tony Quarles in the first lap of the Limited Late Model Stock main event and then went on to take the win… He held his lead after a mid-race restart and took the win over Quarles who finished second and Dillon Brown who took third.

COVID-19 Related

  • Panthers Forced to Stay in Charlotte for Preseason Training… Yesterday the Panther training camp in Spartanburg became the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic… As reported on WSPA last night, yesterday the NFL ordered all of its clubs to hold training camps in their home practice facilities unless a club can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of a joint NFL-NFLPA medical task force, that it would not be feasible to conduct at their club facility,” To see the report on this on the NFL website click here… Looks like upstate Panther fans may have already seen the Panthers at Wofford for the last time (last year) as they hope to have their new facilities near Rock Hill ready for the summer of 2021 but we shall see… Another good tradition shot down by a virus!

Sports Obituaries:

  • Former Auburn Football Coach Pat Dye Passes Away… Monday it was announced that Pat Dye former football coach at Auburn f 1981 to 1992 had passed away… According to his son he was admitted to the hospital about a month ago for a kidney related issue and was expected to recover… No cause of death has been announced at this time… He went 99-39-4 at Auburn leading them to a national championship in 1983… He went 6-6 in the annual Iron Bowl with Alabama and was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005… He was 90 at the time of his passing… For more on this including a statement from Auburn, click here.
  • Wes Unseld NBA Hall of Famer Passes at 74… Yesterday it was announced that Wes Unseld a NBA Hall Of Fame member died in Washington at the age of 74… The undersized center was known for his great work ethic and determination and pulled of the rare feat of winning both the Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same year 1969… He spent his entire 13-season playing career with the Bullets-Wizards franchise and then was its coach and general manager. The team was based in Baltimore when he was drafted… For more information on this click here.

NASCAR

 

  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

 


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Sporte Report for Tuesday, 6-2-2020

COVID-19 Related:

  • Boston Marathon Canceled… In case you missed it, late last week Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced that the 2020 Boston marathon had become the latest victim of the COVID- 19 virus… The 124th marathon was originally scheduled for April 20 but was earlier postponed to September 14… They correctly pointed out that the social distancing would be impossible and they wanted to protect all involved even the spectators… They will allow registered participants an opportunity to run the race virtually at a location of their choosing and get a finisher’s medal by verifying they ran 26.2miles in 6 hours or less… For more information on this story click here to go to the Boston Marathon’s website where they have a posting on this… I’m curious how they “verify” that a person ran the 26.2 miles in less than 6 hours… Does anyone remember Rosie Ruiz? For the younger generations who do not remember her less than stellar marathon career click here to find out what I am hinting at.

Couple of Positive Notes

  • Laurens Academy the First on the Field… The Laurens Academy Crusaders became the first football team in Laurens County to hit the field after the suspension of all sports due to the COVIS-19 virus… The started yesterday morning and will continue practice for 3 days a week for the next few weeks… I don’t expect either Clinton HS or Laurens HS to get back on the field until after this week as they are concentrating on graduations this week… The Crusaders held theirs last week… Way to Go Crusaders!
  • Furman Sets Time for Football Opener… Yesterday the Furman Athletic website posted up the start time for their season opening football game with Wofford on September 5 at Furman… As of right now, the kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 pm… I know it just a proposed kickoff time and things can happen between now and then but it’s time to have the “can & will do” positive attitude… For more information on this including the series record between the two schools click here.

NASCAR

 

  • Gragson Takes Win in Xfinity Race Last Night… With 5 laps to go last night at Bristol, race leaders Noah Gragson and his JR Motorsport Teammate Justin Allgaier did a little paint swapping n the high banks at Bristol sending Allgaier into the wall and out of the race bringing out a caution that would send the race into overtime where Gragson held off Chase Briscoe to take the win… His margin of victory was only .328 seconds but that was enough to give his second win of the season… Allgaier led 156 of the 303 laps before being knocked out of the race and this was the third consecutive race at Bristol where he led for at least 100 laps but did not get the win… Tough luck I guess… To see information more information on this race click here where it will carry you to the NASCAR site where there is much more info including complete race results.
  • Cup Series Driver Standings… Taking a quick look at the Series driver standings you will find that the top driver is Kevin Harvick with 370 points… The next 3 drivers are Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski who is just is just 55 points behind the leader Harvick… To see the entire Cup Series standings click here.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here

 


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Sports Report for Monday, 6-1-2020

PC Notes:

  • PC Men’s Basketball Picks Up Transfer… As you may recall the PC men’s basketball team lost its leading scorer Corey Hightower a couple of weeks ago when he decided to transfer to Western Carolina… Well PC has filled that spot as Brandon Younger will transfer to the PC coming from UNC-Charlotte… He will not be eligible to play in the upcoming season under the current NCAA rules and will have to sit out a season but will have two years of eligibility left… He is a 6-7 guard who played in 45 games over the last two years for the 49ers… Now for more on this story including comments from Coach Quinton Ferrell click here.
  • Goldbach Named Director of Recruiting and/ Player Development for Men’s BasketballWhile we are on the subject of men’s basketball at PC, Coach Ferrell also recently announced that Erik Goldbach has been promoted to Director of Recruiting and Player Development for the Blue Hose men’s basketball team… He was video coordinator for the Blue Hose and before that was the Director of Basketball Operations at Saint Peters University… To read more about him and this story click here
  • Sharp Adds Two West Coast Recruits… Also recently PC head women’s basketball coach Alaura Sharp announced the signing of two recruits from California… Sabrina Belquist is one of them and she is a 5”11 guard coming out of Los Gatos HS where she was there time all-conference player averaging 17 points per game this last season… The other is Nyah Willis a 5”10 guard from san Hose, California who has played one year at Cabot College in Hayward, California… She averaged 15.6 points per game… Now for more information on these two players and comments from them and Coach Sharp click here.

NASCAR

  • Keselowski Gets a Gift win at Bristol… Yesterday at Bristol Brad Keselowski got an early Christmas present as with 2 laps to go race leaders Joey Logano and Chase Elliott had a little paint swapping incident going high into the wall in front of him allowing him to stay low and take the lead which then translated into the unexpected win… It was his second win of the season and he took the checkered flag a little under half a second in front of Clint Bower with Jimmie Johnson finishing third… To see more on this race click here and it will take you to the NASCAR website where there is a link to the complete order of finish also.
  • Xfinity Race Tonight… The next race on the NSACAR schedule is an Xfinity Series race tonight at Bristol with the green flag dropping soon after 7 pm.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

 


Local YMCAs Open with Restrictions[Read more…]

Sports Report for Friday, 5-29-2020

COVID-19 Related:

  • SCHSL Sets Guidelines for Resuming Summer Sports Activities… well as expected the SCHSL did issue a statement and guidelines yesterday concerning the resumption of summer sports activities for its member schools… The one question they did not exactly answer was when… The answer to that they left up to the local school districts…Just as President Trump has left opening up of the country to each state’s governor, the SCHSL will let the districts decide when to start if they will follow the guidelines they set forth for reopening… Now I don’t suspect that District 55 and 56 will be opening up summer sports activities immediately for two reasons… One is that they have to make sure they have the procedures and policies set forth in the guidelines ready to go before allowing the coaches to hit the fields and gyms… The safety of the student-athletes, coaches and staff are their highest priority… The second reason is that the most pressing matter to take care of in the next week is graduation… Both districts have graduation coming up this next week and are concentrating on that… I don’t expect an announcement form either district until late next week if then.
  • Guideline Requirements… Now the guidelines for reopening are about 8 pages long and if you click here it will carry you to the SCHSL website posting where you will find a link to a memo that accompanied the guidelines for SCHSL Commissioner Jerome Singleton, the guidelines themselves and a list of frequently asked questions… The guidelines will have 3 different phases and from now until further notice the schools must operate under Phase I guidelines… To be honest they are still working on Phase II and II…The sports will be broken down into 3 categories of potential infection risk ( low, moderate and high) and each category will have its own specific guidelines.
  • Some of the highlights of the guidelines are :
    • Balls and other sports equipment can be used, but with restrictions but no balls or other equipment can be used for the first 10 days of workouts or 14 calendar days in order to “minimize common contact points”.
    • Coaches and staff members must wear face covering throughout the entire workout/practice sessions, while athletes are required to wear them while not actively participating
    • If shared equipment is used, it must be disinfected frequently during each event or between each use.
    • Maintaining social distancing means many things used during workouts and practice sessions – like handheld dummies for football and spotters in the weight room will not be allowed
    • If shared equipment is used, it must be disinfected frequently during each event or between each use.
    • Players must arrive dressed ready to participate and return home to change or shower… Locker rooms are closed.

NASCAR

  • Chase Elliot Takes Win at Charlotte… After having some bad luck in earlier races, Chase Elliot picked up his first win of the season as he took the checkered flag in the Alsco Uniforms 500Cup Series race at Charlotte last night… The race was scheduled for Wednesday but rained forced NASCAR to reschedule it to last night and rain still caused a small problem last night as lightning and rain in the area caused the race to be stopped for 75 minutes on lap 28… Denny Hamlin tried to catch him in the end but was unsuccessful as he finished second about 2.2 seconds behind Elliot… Now for more on the race click here and when you get to the to the NASCAR site there will be another link there to the order of finish for each driver.
  • NASCAR Moves on to Bristol This Weekend… NASCAR now moves its races to Bristol this weekend for a Cup Series race on Sunday at 3:30 and an Xfinity Series race Monday at 7:00 pm
  • NASCAR Announces Starting Lineup and Pit Stall Procedures … Now for the true NASCAR fans out there, since NASCAR is not having qualifying for the upcoming races through June 21, they had to come up with a way to determine the starting lineup and pit stalls location… well they came up with a process that they will use and if you would like to see what that is click here.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

Local YMCAs Open with Restrictions… The Clinton and Laurens YMCAs have now reopened with restrictions and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the safety of their members and staff in mind.

  • Clinton YMCA… The Clinton Family YMCA opened Monday, 5-18-2020 under what they refer to as Phase 1 Guidelines and Restrictions… First the Y’s hour are now Monday-Friday 7am to 7 pm, Saturday 7am to 6 pm and closed on Sunday… The list of restrictions and guidelines are quite long but a few of them require social distancing (6 feet minimum), use of one entrance only where all will have their temperature checked, class sizes limited to 10, gym for walking only (no basketball), time limits on some equipment and many other items including but not limited to more frequent cleaning and sanitizing… To see the entire list of guidelines and restrictions click here.
  • Laurens YMCA Moves to Phase II of Reopening… The Laurens YMCA (which is part of the Lakelands Region YMCA) has moved into Phase II of its reopening… Their hours of operation are still Monday-Friday from 5 am to 7pm, Saturday 8 am to 4 pm and will be closed on Sunday… In Phase II they still have many of the same restrictions and policies that were put in place for Phase I but more programs and activities will be opening up on June 1 or June 8 such as the aquatic center, private swim lessons as scheduled, personal training, wellness classes and others including T-Ball practice at Collyar Park on June 1… Now to see their press release concerning the Phase II portion of their reopening along with the Phase I restrictions and guidelines, click here If you have any further questions call the YMCA at 984-2626

This & That:

Golf for Kids… On Monday 5-25-20 I was informed by Brian Harlan that the Annual Golf for Kids Golf Tournament scheduled for Saturday, May, 30, 2020 at Lakeside Country Club has been postponed… At this time no makeup date has been scheduled but if I hear of the date I’ll be sure to pass it along to you… For any questions concerning this Brian Harland at 984-2626 or email him at brian@lakelandsymca.org.

Rhythm on the Rails… The City of Clinton’s first Rhythm on the Rails event of this season originally scheduled for May 15-16 has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been rescheduled for June 19-20… In addition to the usual entertainment, vendors and rides it will also include Smokein’ on the Rails a BBQ cooking contest…. For more on this event including links to vendor applications, click here.

 

 If you have any comments, suggestions, or want to reports scores, please contact me via email at: sports@wlbg.com or text me at 864-981-3470.

 

Sports Report for Thursday, 5-28-2020

Local Notes:

 CHS

  • Greg Sanders Signs with PC… Yesterday at Clinton HS senior football player Greg sanders signed a letter of intent to continue his education and football career close to home at PC… This past season he saw action on both sides of the ball as he played defensive line some for the Red Devils and was also a running back for the team… He saw action in all 11 games for the Red Devils and carried the ball 63 times for 326 yards and was only tackled for a loss one time losing just 1 yard… He also carried the ball into the end zone for 4 rushing TDs last season… He joins teammate Austin Caughman who signed with PC earlier… While he sees himself mainly as a running back he said “I’ll play wherever I’m needed”… Now I did a very short interview with him after the signing and if you would like to see that, click here… Congratulations to Greg!

 

 Laurens Academy:

  • Crusaders Hire Brian Kneece… Yesterday Laurens Academy announced the hiring of Brian Kneece as a teacher and a coach… Coach Kneece has spent the past eight years coaching at Greenwood Christian, where he was an assistant for varsity football, and was the head middle school football and baseball coach… He attended WW King Academy where he lettered in football and basketball… While attending Lander University he coached at King and was involved in the football and basketball programs… After graduating with a degree in history from Lander, Coach Kneece began teaching and coaching at Greenwood Christian… Coach Kneece will be an assistant varsity football coach and be the head middle school football coach at Laurens Academy… Also, he will teach history and physical education.

COVID-19 Related:

  • SCHSL Expected to Release Restart Guidelines Today… June 1 is the date that SCHSL Rules and Regulations normally kick in for the summer and that is next Tuesday… Well there has been nothing normal about this spring sports season as you are well aware of… Several coaches and athletic directors expect the SCHSL to send out an email outlining what can and cannot be done now that Governor McMaster has said youth and adult sports leagues can start practice on Monday and contest on June 15… No one that I have talked to expects it to be “as in the past” and they do expect more regulations designed to protect the health of the athletes, coaches, trainers and staff as the practices and summer schedule resumes… I have a sneaky feeling you will see a lot more thermometers in use not just checking to see if the weather is too hot and sticky for the players to practice but are the players, coaches, trainers and staff too hot (fever) when they show up each day… What happens this summer may dictate what happens in August and also be an indicator of how things will be handled this fall… If I hear anything I’ll let you know… Let’s Play Ball!

 


NASCAR

  • Cup Race Postponed Until Tonight… As the true NASCAR fans can already tell you, last night’s Cup race had to be postponed due to the bad weather associated with Tropical Depression Bertha… Now NASCAR officials have their fingers crossed that the bad weather will move on out today enough for them to get the race in tonight… If it does the green flag will drop about 7 pm.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

Local YMCAs Open with Restrictions… The Clinton and Laurens YMCAs have now reopened with restrictions and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the safety of their members and staff in mind. [Read more…]

Sports Report for Wednesday, 5-27-2020

Local Notes: 

Laurens County Speedway… The Laurens County Speedway (LCS) was able to hold its normal Saturday night card of events last Saturday night and the bested NASCAR in that for the first time this racing season they opened the gates for fans to watch…. To see a detailed accounting of each main event as provided by Will Richard, click here… A quick recap of each main event is as follows:

  • Thunder Bombers… Casey Lawson took the win in the Thunder Bomber leading from start to finish… A lot of caution in the race kept the drivers close but he was able to hold off Reid Neadehiser who finished second.
  • 602 Crates… Colt Smith picked up his first win of the season in the 602 Crates… Shun “Oreo” Thomas earns a tough second place finish, followed by Colby Cannon in third.
  • MMSA 4-Cylinder… Travis Mosely held off Matt Gilbert for a $1,200 pay day in the Monster Mini Stock Association Four Cylinder main event…. This too was a caution filled race that had its last restart with 10 laps to go.
  • Limited… Tony Quarles had the pole in the Limited main event and used it dominate the race until late in the race Dale Timms was able track him down and get past for the win with Quarles finishing second.
  • Front Wheel Drive… And finally in the Front wheel Drive Jason Lambert took his first win of the season beating out the previously undefeated this season Travis Jamieson by 0.244 seconds… Heck according to my wife that’s how long it takes me to fall asleep if I go horizontal on the couch.

NASCAR

  • Chase Elliott Wins Gander Truck Series race and Collects a Bounty… In case you missed it, last night up at Charlotte Chase Elliott took the win in the NC Education Lotter 200 Gander Truck Series race… It was the first time since 2017 that he had driven a truck in the series… Now Kyle Busch finished second and he had a bounty on his head… Busch had won the last 7 truck series races and there was a $100,00 bounty for any full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver who could beat him… Now for more on this race click here and when you get there you will find another link to entire order of finish for the race.
  • Cup Series Races Again Tonight… Now there is one more race at Charlotte this week and it is tonight as they run the Alsco Uniform 500 starting at 8 pm… Again it will be available on all the usual NASCAR TV outlets including FS1,
  • Cup Series Driver Standings… Now for those of you who like to keep up with the driver standings in the Cup Series, Kevin Harvick leads the field with 291 points… The next two drivers are Joey Logano (268) and Alex Bowman (266)… If you would like to see the entire list of driver standings, click here.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

Local YMCAs Open with Restrictions[Read more…]

Sports Report for Tuesday, 5-26-2020

Local Notes:

Clinton YMCA Resuming Dixie Youth … Yesterday I mentioned that the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department will resume Little League practice on June 1 and games on June 15… I also mentioned that I had thought the Clinton YMCA was also going to do the same with their Dixie Youth baseball and softball program but I would try to confirm that… Well I have confirmed that they will also be staring practice on June 1 and games on June 15… Further I was told that they do have some spaced in some of the leagues if you have a son or daughter who missed the initial registration and would like to participate… They ask me to tell you to call the YMCA at 833-1555 for more information about which leagues have available space and the procedure for registering your child or grandchild…. Play Ball!


NASCAR

  • Kyle Busch Wins Xfinity race last Night at Charlotte… For the second night in a row the NASCAR race at Charlotte went overtime as a mishap on lap 197 of the 200 lap race brought out the caution flag sending the race into overtime… After the restart Kyle Busch blew by Austin Cindric and pulled away for his 97th career win in the Xfinity series… If you would like to read more about the race, click here to go to the NASCAR site where you will find more on it and a link to the entire order of finish in the race.
  • Two More Races in Charlotte… A quick reminder for you NASCAR junkies out there that there will be another race in Charlotte tonight as the Gander Truck Series finally gets back into action with the NC Education Lottery starting at 8 pm and then tomorrow night at 8 pm also the Cup Series will return to the track for the Alsco Uniform 500… Of course these races are still being conducted with “no fans in the stands”… One thing for sure, NASCAR is leading the charge in returning to action and trying to catch up of some missed races!
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

College Baseball Trivia Questions

  • Which two D-1 college baseball teams are tied for the longest winning streaks at 34 games and in what years?  Florida Atlantic in 1999 and Texas in 1977
  • Which D-I school has won the most CWS? Southern Call with 12 (1948, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1968, 1970-74, 1978, 1998)

Local YMCAs Open with Restrictions[Read more…]

Sports Report for Monday, 5-25-2020

Local Notes: 

Little League Getting Ready to Start… I got an email from Jason Pridgen the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation director stating that Laurens Little League (L3) is in the process of restarting its season… It stated in part “With the latest information from the Governor, practices will be beginning on June 1st and games will resume on June 15th. Over the next week we will be preparing rosters and practice schedules but all players should be ready to begin”… Now I have heard through the rumor mill that the Clinton YMCA Dixie Youth Program may be getting ready to do the same… I’ll touch base with them today and try to conform this and get more details if available… Let’s hope we will be hearing “Play Ball” all around the country before too long! 


NASCAR

  • Keselowski Get the Win by Staying Out… In case you did not stay up late last night to see the finish of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte last night Brad Keselowski took the win in a race that has a rain delay of just over an hour at lap 50 and went overtime actually going 607.5 miles… A late race caution with 2 laps to go saw several drivers pit but not Keselowski as he stayed on the track and then took the lead on the restart at lap 404 and beat Jimmie Johnson to the finish line by just       .293 seconds to take the win… However Johnson’s failed a post-race inspection and was disqualified giving Chase Elliott the second place finish… For more on this race click here… To see the entire order of finish click here.
  • Xfinity Series Races Tonight… Now a quick reminder that the Xfinity Series will take to the track tonight at Charlotte for a 300 mile race that is scheduled to at 7:30 if there is no rain.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

 

College Baseball Trivia Questions

  • Which two D-1 college baseball teams are tied for the longest winning streaks at 34 games and in what years?
  • Which D-I school has won the most CWS?

 


Local YMCAs Open with Restrictions[Read more…]

Sports Report for Friday, 5-22-2020

Local Notes: 

LDHS:

Raiders Hold Signing Day… When student-athletes are able to continue their education and sports careers at institutions of higher learning signing day is a major event we like to cover here at WLBG… However as you know the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close, sports to cease and social distancing practices made it impossible to hold the signing ceremonies as has been done in the past… AD Tommy Spires and the administration did find a way to give the seniors who were signing their letters of intent a way do this and as he put it “one last opportunity to stand in front of the diamond L.”… They brought eight (8) senior and their families in at different times and then made a short video where the student-athletes talked about their choice of school, what the plan on majoring in and other things much like we have done here in the past on WLBG… They then edited their individual videos in to video which you can see if you click here… My congratulations not only to the student-athletes involved but to Coach Spires and the administration for doing this… The student-athletes who participated in the signings are:

  • Andrea Choice– Track, Columbia College
  • Blakely Hall– Cheerleading, Anderson University
  • Brielle Macatiag– Volleyball, Columbia International University
  • Lauren Madden– Cheerleading, Anderson University
  • Nigil Owens– Basketball, Erskine College
  • Aidan Pridgen– Baseball, USC Lancaster
  • Tyrese Thompson– Football, NGU
  • Ashley Walker– Acrobatics and Tumbling, Lander University

Laurens Academy:

  • Updated Sports Awards at Laurens Academy… Earlier this week I brought you some information about sports awards for this year at Laurens Academy… At that time all I had were the names of winners on the varsity teams… Since that time I have been able to obtain the names of the winners for middle school sports awards… I have now updated the list of award winners to include the middle school winners and if you click here, it will open up a list of the varsity winners on the first page and if you scroll down to the second page you will find the middle school winners… Congratulations to one and all! Go Crusaders!

NASCAR

  • Chase Briscoe Wins Toyota 200… In case you missed it yesterday, Chase Briscoe won the Toyota 200 Xfinity race at Darlington Yesterday… He and Kyle Busch bumped and banged each other the final 10 laps with Briscoe holding on for the win which was a bright spot in a tough week for him and his wife… Earlier they announced that they had lost a baby they were expecting later this year… For more on this story and the race click here… If you do it will carry you to the NASCAR posting about the race and there will be links there for official race results and an emotional interview with Briscoe.
  • Racing Sunday at Charlotte… A quick reminder that the Cup Series takes center stage this Sunday as they hold the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway again with “no fans in the stands”… The green flag drops close to 6:00 pm and it can be seen on FS1.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

Local YMCAs Open with Restrictions[Read more…]

Sports Report for Thursday, 5-21-2020

Senior SalutesAs of this date I have not received information from CHS- track and baseball coaches and the LDHS– boys’ and girls’ soccer coaches as well as the track coaches.


COVID-19 Related:

  • Governor Eases Restrictions on Recreational Sports Leagues… As many of you may have heard Governor McMaster yesterday announced that attractions like zoos, museums, amusement parks, planetariums, bingo halls and other similar businesses can reopen beginning tomorrow if they follow certain guidelines… To see the entire list and text of his announcement click here… In that same announcement he also stated that youth and adult sports leagues may resume practices starting May 30 and competition June 15 if they also follow certain guidelines… Those guidelines include but are bit limited to any activities that could spread saliva including things like spitting, chewing gum, licking fingers and the eating or spitting of seeds… Now there is a lot more to the guidelines covering reopening of sports and if you care to see the long list of guidelines and suggestions click here… Now obviously this announcement comes much too late to salvage the high school spring sports and most likely Little League and Dixie Youth baseball / softball as the national organizations have called a halt to all regional and national playoffs and championships… One note of encouragement from this tough is that things are looking up for high school athletics and their being able to do what they normally do during the summer… The SCHSL summer rules and regulations normally take effect on June 1 of each year… By order of the Executive Committee all organized activities related to high school athletics are forbidden until further notice… At their last meeting in April, the committee did give SCHSL Commissioner Jerome Singleton and his staff the authority to lift that ban based on whether or not Governor McMaster lifted his restrictions on sports… I hope this announcement from Governor McMaster will trigger a similar announcement from the SCHSL so that coaches and student-athletes can start preparing for next school year!

NASCAR

  • Hamlin Wins Rain Delayed and Shortened Toyota 500… Well for those of you who may have had to go to bed early last night I’ll tell you that Denny Hamlin won the Toyota 500 Cup Series Race last night down at Darlington… Rain caused the start to be delayed just over 2 hours and then rain caused the race to be stopped with about 20 laps to go… Hamlin stayed on the track during a late race caution while those in front of him headed to the pits and took the lead… He held off the pack on the restart and was still there when another caution came out with 29 laps to go and before the race could be restarted the rain came and NASCAR parked the cars on pit road… When the rain intensified a short time later NASCAR called a halt to it and he was declared the winner… If you would like to see the official race results click here.
  • Toyota 200 Today… Now a quick reminder for the casual NASCAR fans out there that the Xfinity Series Toyota 200 which was postponed by rain Tuesday night will be run today at noon… The race will be held at Darlington and again there will be “no fans in the stands”… FS! And the MRN networks will broadcast the event live (weather permitting) and if you are interested in the starting lineup click here… Got to love all the publicity the State of South Carolina is getting by having these “come-back” races at Darlington.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

Local YMCAs Open with Restrictions… The Clinton and Laurens YMCAs have now reopened with restrictions and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the safety of their members and staff in mind.

  • Clinton YMCA… The Clinton Family YMCA opened Monday, 5-18-2020 under what they refer to as Phase 1 Guidelines and Restrictions… First the Y’s hour are now Monday-Friday 7am to 7 pm, Saturday 7am to 6 pm and closed on Sunday… The list of restrictions and guidelines are quite long but a few of them require social distancing (6 feet minimum), use of one entrance only where all will have their temperature checked, class sizes limited to 10, gym for walking only (no basketball), time limits on some equipment and many other items including but not limited to more frequent cleaning and sanitizing… To see the entire list of guidelines and restrictions click here.
  • Laurens YMCA… The Laurens YMCA (which is part of the Lakelands Region YMCA) also changed it operating hour … They will be open Monday-Friday from 5 am to 7pm, Saturday 8 am to 4 pm and will be closed on Sunday… They also have a list of restrictions and guidelines similar to the Clinton YMCA during Phase 1 of their reopening… To see that list and other important information click here.

 

City of Laurens Parks and Recreation NOT Reopened Yet… WLBG contacted Jason Pridgen the Director of the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department and he stated that they are not yet… He said the situation is “very fluid and it could change daily”… If I find out that they are open I will pass that information on to you.


This & That: [Read more…]

Sports Report for Wednesday, 5-20-2020

NASCAR

  • Xfinity Race to Run Thursday… An old nemesis of NASCAR won last night as Mother Nature and all the rain caused the Xfinity Series Toyota 200 race scheduled for last night at Darlington to be postponed until tomorrow at noon… The sport is called NASCAR not NASBOAT you know… If you would like to see the starting lineup for the race tomorrow click here.
  • Cup Race Tonight… Maybe… Now weather permitting they will try to race again tonight at Darlington… The Toyota 500 Cup Series race is due to get the green flag at 6 pm provided they all have not had to retreat to their boats… The race can be seen on FS! And MRN and if you want to see the starting lineup for this race click here.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

 


 

Laurens County Speedway Last Saturday the Laurens County Speedway opened its season much like NASCAR has done with its restart of the season in that there were no “fans in the stands”… The “Darlington of the Dirt” hosted the drivers who love to do it just for the sport and fun of it… Below is a summary listing the winner of each divisions of the main … To see a more “in depth accounting of each of the main events click here.

  • Thunder Bombers… The veteran Tinker Roberts held off Troy Bagwell to take the win
  • 602 Crate… Colby Cannon took the checkered flag here.
  • 4-Cylinder… The familiar face of Rod Tucker raced into victory lane.
  • Front Wheel Drive… Travis Jamieson started the 2020 season with a win here.
  • Limited Late Model… Deano Long led start to finish in the division’s main event.

COVID-19 Related:

  • Voluntary Pay Cuts at USC… Yesterday when I told you that as a cost cutting measure at Furman University the baseball and men’s lacrosse teams were being done away with and that senior administrators and some coaches were getting pay cuts and other measures were being taken to help lessen the impact of the COVID-19 financial impact on the university, I told you to expect more of this… well yesterday the University of South Carolina announced that President Bob Caslen, Athletic Director ray tanner and coaches Will Muschamp, Frank Martin and Dawn Staley had all agreed to reduced salaries this next school year… The projected savings from this are $1.2 million… They also announced other cost cutting measures such as delaying capital construction projects, deferring non-critical maintenance and filling only mission-critical positions and numerous other things in the academic and sports areas of the universities operation… For more information on this (including what these administrators and coaches are now expected to make this nest season) click here… Now I read somewhere that Clemson is doing some cost cutting in similar ways but have not heard anything about any of the coaches taking pay cuts voluntarily or otherwise… Come on Clemson coaches, step up to the plate and do the right thing… Heck you could cover any shortfall at Clemson if Dabo Swinney took a 10% cut… He can afford it! (LOL).

Local YMCAs Open with Restrictions… The Clinton and Laurens YMCAs have now reopened with restrictions and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the safety of their members and staff in mind.

  • Clinton YMCA… The Clinton Family YMCA opened Monday, 5-18-2020 under what they refer to as Phase 1 Guidelines and Restrictions… First the Y’s hour are now Monday-Friday 7am to 7 pm, Saturday 7am to 6 pm and closed on Sunday… The list of restrictions and guidelines are quite long but a few of them require social distancing (6 feet minimum), use of one entrance only where all will have their temperature checked, class sizes limited to 10, gym for walking only (no basketball), time limits on some equipment and many other items including but not limited to more frequent cleaning and sanitizing… To see the entire list of guidelines and restrictions click here.
  • Laurens YMCA… The Laurens YMCA (which is part of the Lakelands Region YMCA) also changed it operating hour … They will be open Monday-Friday from 5 am to 7pm, Saturday 8 am to 4 pm and will be closed on Sunday… They also have a list of restrictions and guidelines similar to the Clinton YMCA during Phase 1 of their reopening… To see that list and other important information click here.

 

City of Laurens Parks and Recreation NOT Reopened Yet… WLBG contacted Jason Pridgen the Director of the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department and he stated that they are not yet… He said the situation is “very fluid and it could change daily”… If I find out that they are open I will pass that information on to you.


 

This & That:

Golf for Kids… The Laurens YMCA and PRTC will be holding their 16th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, May, 30, 2020 out at Lakeside Country Club… The monies raised at this tournament will benefit the Scholarship Program at the YMCA… The scholarships are designed to support those unable to participate because of financial difficulties… In 2019 the Y awarded more than $52,000 in financial assistance… For more information about the tournament, click here to see the tournament brochure… If you still have questions contact Brian Harland at 984-2626 or email him at brian@lakelandsymca.org… Make plans to come out for some great golf with your friends and support a very worthy cause.

Rhythm on the Rails… The City of Clinton’s first Rhythm on the Rails event of this season originally scheduled for May 15-16 has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been rescheduled for June 19-20… In addition to the usual entertainment, vendors and rides it will also include Smokein’ on the Rails a BBQ cooking contest…. For more on this event including links to vendor applications, click here.

 

 If you have any comments, suggestions, or want to reports scores, please contact me via email at: sports@wlbg.com or text me at 864-981-3470.

Sports Report for Tuesday, 5-19-2020

 

Senior SalutesI As of this date I have not received information from CHS- track and baseball coaches and the LDHS– boys’ and girls’ soccer coaches as well as the track coaches.


COVID-19 Related:

  • Furman Discontinues Baseball and Men’s Lacrosse… In case you missed it on the news last night, yesterday Furman University announced several actions it was taking due to the financial impact COVID-19 pandemic including the discontinuation of baseball and men’s lacrosse starting next school year… Baseball is one of the oldest sports at Furman dating back to 1896 while men’s lacrosse is one of the newest… According to reports these two sports had been under the microscope as Furman was looking at its long-term planning but the financial impact hastened the decision… The school will honor scholarships to the student-athletes if they choose to stay at Furman and will aid them if they choose to transfer… Under NCAA rules any player transferring to another school is immediately eligible to play when a school they are coming from discontinues their sport… The dropping of these two sports is estimated to save Furman five million dollars… Now to be honest what some of the TV stations did not report is that in the same announcement Furman announced other cost cutting measures that include cutting salaries of senior administrators including the president, furloughs and other budget reducing measures… To read the entire press release from Furman on all of click here… Don’t be surprised if you here of this happening at other institutions of higher learning before this is all over.

Pro Sports

  • Xfinity Races Tonight… Now for you casual NASCAR fans or sports fans in general who are starved for live action even with “no fans in the stands”, a quick reminder that the Xfinity Series will get back to action tonight as they invade the Darlington track… The Toyota 200 is scheduled to have the green flag drop just after 6:00 pm and it can be seen on FS1.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

Local YMCAs Open with Restrictions… The Clinton and Laurens YMCAs have now reopened with restrictions and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the safety of their members and staff in mind.

  • Clinton YMCA… The Clinton Family YMCA opened Monday, 5-18-2020 under what they refer to as Phase 1 Guidelines and Restrictions… First the Y’s hour are now Monday-Friday 7am to 7 pm, Saturday 7am to 6 pm and closed on Sunday… The list of restrictions and guidelines are quite long but a few of them require social distancing (6 feet minimum), use of one entrance only where all will have their temperature checked, class sizes limited to 10, gym for walking only (no basketball), time limits on some equipment and many other items including but not limited to more frequent cleaning and sanitizing… To see the entire list of guidelines and restrictions click here.
  • Laurens YMCA… The Laurens YMCA (which is part of the Lakelands Region YMCA) also changed it operating hour … They will be open Monday-Friday from 5 am to 7pm, Saturday 8 am to 4 pm and will be closed on Sunday… They also have a list of restrictions and guidelines similar to the Clinton YMCA during Phase 1 of their reopening… To see that list and other important information click here.

 

City of Laurens Parks and Recreation NOT Reopened Yet… WLBG contacted Jason Pridgen the Director of the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department and he stated that they are not yet… He said the situation is “very fluid and it could change daily”… If I find out that they are open I will pass that information on to you.

 


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